List of Awardees for Assam Highest State Civilian Award , 2023

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Sl. NoName of AwardeeAward CategoryDistrictFieldBrief about Awardee
1Sri Ranjan GogoiAssam BaibhavDibrugarhLaw & JusticeRanjan Gogoi is an Indian former advocate and judge who served as the 46th Chief Justice of India. He is the first judge from northeast India to hold the post of Chief Justice of India.He was enrolled as an Advocate on August 28, 1978.He was appointed as permanent judge of Gauhati High Court on 28th Feb , 2001. During the tenure of Mr. Ranjan Gogoi as the Chief Justice of the Honble Supreme Court of India, the court gave the verdict in the decades -old Ram Jananmbhumi – Babri Masjid title suit. He is currently a Member of the Rajya Sabha, having been nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind on 16 March 2020.  
2Dr. Kishan Chand NauriyalAssam Saurav Ghaziabad ,U.PArt and Culture (Archaeology)Dr. Kishan Chand Nauriyal is currently serving as Cultural Expert, Directorate of Archaelogy, Indegenous and Tribal Faith and Culture Department, to the Govt. of AssamHe has over 35 years of experience in cultural heritage management in Archaeological Survey of India .He has performed the main duties of preparation of World Heritage Nomination Dossier in leading role as Cultural Expert in respect of Moidams — the Mound-Burial System of the Ahom Dynasty at Charaideo in Assam which is very extensive and intensive table and field research assignment — comprising exploration, excavation, preservation and conservation, site development, defining boundaries of the Nominated Property and Buffer Zone, etc. of the above-mentioned potential world heritage site.  
3Sri Elvis Ali HazarikaAssam SauravKamrup (M)Sports (Swimming)Elvis Ali Hazarika ia an international Swimmer hailing from Kamrup (M) District of AssamHe won his first National medal for Assam in 1989 and at the age of 9, he became the youngest Indian swimmer to represent India in Asia Pacific Championship, 1991 held at Singapore.He had won 6 gold, 5 silver & 7 bronze in international events and had been the National champion for 10 consecutive years with 23 national records and had won 136 Gold, 71 Silver & 42 bronze starting from 1990 to 1999.In 2022, He successfully crossed and became first Assamese to swim North Ireland channel to Scotland about 42kms.He successfully completed two way swim of English Channel, starting from England to France and back again about 78 kms in 31 hours in relay and brought laurel as first Assamese and first Indian to swim two way of English Channel.  
4Smt Hima DasAssam SauravNagaonSports (Athletics)Hima Das  is a sprinter of great repute .She holds the current Indian national record in 400 meters with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, IndonesiaShe is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 ChampionshipsShe continued her success in 2019 winning the 200m gold in Poznan Grand Prix in Poland, on 2 July 2019, with a time of 23.65 seconds.  
5Sri Nadiram  DeuriAssam SauravMorigaonArt & Culture (Tiwa Dance exponent)Nadiram Deuri is an exponent of Tiwa Folk Dance, Lyrics and Music.He has been  involved with the  Tiwa Folk Dance Since 1976 He has trained more than thousand of Tiwa and Non-Tiwa Trainees in Tiwa Folk Dance under the Cultural Affairs Deptt., Govt. of Assam, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Sangeet Natak Academy, North East, Guwahati & other Academic and Non institutions.He has written a Text Book – “Barat Tiwa Folk Dance” published on 15th July 2022.  
6Sri Ranjit GogoiAssam GauravCharaideoArt and culture (Folk & Bihu Dance Exponent)Mr. Ranjit Kumar Gogoi is an artist with expertise in Bihu Folk song and Dance.He has worked as a Chief Choreographer and Music composer in the event “Guinness Book of World Records on Bihu dance & Drums held in April 2023.He has written “Bihu sanskritir Eti britta” and also wrote several articles for assamese newspaper and magazine on Bihu He has done music direction in several Bihu and Tukari geets cassettes.He was also engaged as the Chief Choreographer in the 33rd National Games at Sarusajai Gauhati Stadium in 2007 in the opening and closing ceremony.  
7Smt Parvati BaruaAssam GauravDhubriEnvironment& Forest (Animal conservation activist, Human-Elephant conflict expert)Parbati Barua is an animal conservation activist and an elephant tamer and caretaker.She has close bonding with 102 nos of elephant over the  last 50 years .In 1989 , she received the Global- 500 role of Honor from the United Nations Environment Programme .The BBC has made a documentary about her and her work as “ The Queen of Elephants “.She has been working on human-elephant conflict issues since Past 30 years .
8Sri Debojit ChangmaiAssam GauravSivasagarArt and Culture (Sound Engineer)Debajit Changmai is a National and State Film Award-Winning Film Mixing Engineer & Sound Designer.He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (OSCAR) since 2018.He has worked in more than 185 films in various languages.He is also the first mixing engineer from India to collaborate with acclaimed director Majid Majidi and Mira Nair.  
9Sri Drono BhuyanAssam GauravDarrangArt and Culture (OjaPali)Sri Drono Bhuyan is a famous exponent of Suknani Ojhapali and Deodhani Nrittya . He has been associated in this cultural field since he was just 8 years old.Drono Bhuyan is one of the most accomplished and acknowledged Ojhapalis of Darrang districtHe was awarded the Kalaguru Bishnu Rabha Award in the year 2021 by the Chief Minister of Assam.
10Sri Neelam DuttaAssam GauravBiswanathAgriculture (Organic Farming)Neelam Dutta is an organic farmer. He farm house popularly known Pabhoi Greens which is also known as Lakshmi Agriculture Multipurpose Project is a composite farm established in 1978-79 by his father.He has not only inspired the farmers from his new techniques but is also well-known in abroad through his exclusive agricultural activities.In 2014, Dutta has been awarded the prestigious Haladhar Organic Farmer Award.He is deeply involved in a number of methodically planned organic agricultural activities also integrating dairy and fishery components in a scientific manner.
11Sri Anupam DekaAssam GauravDarrangEntrepreneur (Industrialist)  Mr. Anupam Deka, is the youngest son of late Sunanda Ram Deka who was the founder of SRD GROUP. In 1988 Mr. Anupam Deka was successful in setting  up a Roller Flour Mill in the name of M/s. S. R. Deka & Co. Pvt. which was a major step in the field of Industrialization.Mr. Deka boasts of a string of Repose Baker’s Special outlets in and around Guwahati.SRD Group have made innumerable contributions to the state specially Darrang district, not only by way of generating employment to more around 4000 people but has also contributed socially towards developing various temples, parks, open stages, yatrinivas, crematoriums, schools, hospitals, public toilets, etc
12Sri Soumyadeep DuttaAssam GauravDhubriEnvironment& Forest (Wildlife Conservation)Soumyadeep Dutta is a well known personality in the field of wildlife conservation  in the North-East.He has written many books on wildlife conservation, travel, tribal life and culture, Buddhist culture and religion. “The Nature’s Beckon”  of which he is the Founder Director is also a well reputed organization working in the field of environment protection in the North-East India.  Few of his publications are : Asomor Praimet Aranyar sa puhor Aparupa Arunachal Bhramanor Ananda  Aranyat Akhus Dukhus    
13Sri Basanta Chiring PhukanAssam GauravJorhatAgriculture Progressive Mushroom Cultivator)Basanta Chiring Phukan is a progressive Mushroom Spawn Farmer.In 2004 he had undergone training on mushroom spawn production under Deptt. Of Plant Pathology, Assam Agriculture University . He has a laboratory in his residence where he produces mushroom spawn. He produces approximate 20 to 25 qtls. of spawn every month.He was conferred with Progressive Mushroom Grower Award, during the 26th Mushroom Mela on 10th Sept 2023 at ICAR-DMR, Solan.  
14Sri Manendra DekaAssam GauravBarpetaCraft and Bamboo artist (Handicraft)Shri Manendra Deka a well-known Craftsman in the field of Bamboo Craft from Metuakuchi area of Barpeta With his inherent craftsmanship skill, he has been able to place himself in different State Level, National Level & even International Level platformsPresently he has established a handicraft unit in the name of M/s North East Handicraft at Barpeta where he not only imparts training to others but also sells the products made by him.  
15Smt Meenakshi ChetiaAssam GauravSivasagarASHA Worker (Social Service)  Mrs. Minakshi Chetia is a ASHA worker of Na beel area under Bhimpowa HWC of Demow BPHC (Sivasagar). She has been working as ASHA since 2008. In last 15 years, she has helped the villagers’ especially pregnant woman and children to get the basic health care at their door step by visiting each and every household during home visit.  
16Smt PakhilaLekhtepiAssam GauravKarbi AnglongArt and Culture (Karbi Folk Singer)  Smti. Pokhila Lekthepi is a renowed singer in Karbi Folk MusicShe Started Singing in 1974 during the Karbi Youth Festival. She had composed the song named “KarbiKungripi” (KarbiKuvari) She Started recording songs In All India Radio Centre in the year 1978 onwards.  She started singing for promotion of Karbi Culture & Tribe         on T.V in the year 2007.  For her contribution towards Karbi music, She was awarded   with the title of “Queen of Melody” by Hills Idol in 2011.  
17Sri Tenzing BodosaAssam GauravUdalguriEnvironment& Forest (Elephant friendly Tea Estate Establishment)Tenzing Bodosa is an environmentalist who has built Elephant friendly tea gardensHe started growing tea organically in the year 2007, and in the same year he became the only cultivator who organically cultivated tea .He has two farms in Bodoland territorial area of Kachibari village in Udalguri district of Assam , which have been certified as the world’s largest elephant-friendly farms. He has built a Tea Estate co-existing with forest animals, growing  green corridors (food  species) for elephants in between his estate, an example of eco-tourism and forest livelihood
18Sri Nirmal DeyAssam GauravCacharEntrepreneur (Sheetal Pati)He is an Entrepreneur hailing from Barak Valley He is a renowned “Pati-Shilpi” of the region and has been working in the field of art and craft; especially in making the famous “Sheetal-Pati” His crafts are sold not only  Cachar District but across the whole State.
19Smt Jecin Kumbang PaoAssam GauravDhemajiHandlooms (Weaving)Jecin Kumbang Pao is an entrepreneur in      Handloom and Textile sector. She started are venture in 2017 and presently having three outlets namely “Kangkan Dhemaji” at Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Guwahati. Her products are sold all over the country and her endeavour has benefited hundreds of weavers directly as well as indirectly
20Smt Mary HassaAssam GauravTinsukiaAWC (Social Service)Smt Marry Hasa, is an Anganwadi Worker at Hapjan ICDS Project in Tinsukia District.She has demonstrated a commendable commitment towards community development. Actively engaging in community mobilizationShe ensures the delivery of quality services at the Anganwadi Centre, including ICDS, PMMVY, and Disability schemes.Her focus on pre-school services and health & nutrition for children in tea garden areas reflects her dedication, with positive feedback from parents and the community that reflects her impactful contributions.
21Sri Upendra RabhaAssam GauravGoalparaAgriculture (Black Rice Cultivator)Mr. Upendra Rabha, is a Black Rice Cultivator from Dudhnoi.He planted a sole seedling of black rice in one corner of his paddy field, from which he harvested 150g seed in 2011. In 2012, he harvested about 48 kg of paddy from this150g seed. In 2013, he harvested 1500 kg of paddy by cultivating black rice in five bighas (0.73 ha) of land. In 2015, around 100 quintals (10,000 kg) of black rice was purchased by a Mumbai based organization for exporting to different European countries. He  now getting queries from different organizations in the US, Japan and Korea who want to buy the black rice.  
22Sri Rahul GuptaAssam GauravTinsukiaAgriculture (Hydroponic Farming)He is a progressive farmer under Doomdooma ADO Circle of Tinsukia district specialized in Hydrophonics.At present he is growing lettuce in Hydroponics system and Strawberry, Ghost Chilli, Bel pepper, Cucumber etc under the protected structures.He production is made available  under the brand name “Fresh Farm” and sold across the state. 
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